New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, No. 18 Ann Street, (1858). 1st edition thus (Gabler G9890), i.e., by this publisher. 1st published by Mabie & Co., 1857. xvii, , 146, [4 (adverts & blanks)] pp. 7-1/2" x 5-1/8". Purple blind-stamped cloth binding, gilt stamped lettering to front board. Modest wear to binding (rubbing to edges, sunning to spine and boards). Endpapers age-toned & stained. Previous owner's inscription to front fly-leaf. Damp staining to bottom right corner beginning at front fly-leaf and continuing (albeit faintly & unobtrusive) throughout text. Appendix pages age-toned. An About VG - VG copy. Item #39914
"This book was written for a group of 'chemists' involved with the adulteration and imitation of wines and liquors. It is prefaced: 'In this book not one article in the smallest degree approximating to a poison is recommended, yet it teaches how Cognac, Brandy, Scotch and Irish Whiskey, Foreign and Domestic Rum, all kinds of wines from the choicest to the commonest, can be imitated to the perfection that the best judges cannot detect the method of manufacture." (Gabler).
Rare in the trade.